Too much of one thing across an entire album can make a listener suspect. In today’s Auto-Tuned world, the only true measure of an artist’s ability is to see/hear them perform live (see: Lana Del Rey). Sorry to sound cynical, but upon hearing the amount of reverb layered across Deal from the Bottom, the debut EP from Los Angeles-based singer Meg Olsen, one must wonder if she’s hiding something.
On the flip side, artists like Neko Case have made reverb part of their signature sound.
Released earlier this year, Deal from the Bottom consists of five songs, four originals and a cover of Morrissey’s “Suedehead.” I mention Del Rey and Case as both are fair comparisons: Del Rey for the attitude and seductiveness, Case for the aforementioned reverb, lyrical sincerity and phrasing. The smoky, brooding originals on Deal from the Bottom could easily be shoehorned into Case’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.
Without much video evidence of her stage prowess, I’ll reserve judgement on Olsen for now while noting her originals demonstrate a knack for solid writing. She’s taken to Kickstarter to fund her full-length debut to be released later this year. Caveat: the yet-untitled album will contain “2 or 3 … songs from Deal from the Bottom.”
Stream Deal from the Bottom below. If you like what you hear, contribute to Olsen’s Kickstarter campaign. I’m personally looking forward to hearing and seeing how she builds on this solid start.